Girls Trip – San Diego

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Okay…I am a couple of weeks late getting to this blog; but nevertheless, here it is.

First, I cannot express how delightful it is to get together with these ladies that I’ve now known for nearly two decades. It’s a bond that not many get to experience. The laughter and the tears, the jokes and the sarcasm; I look forward to it all. The time we spend is so valuable and we’ve all finally admitted that we aren’t getting any younger…but we all still look great! Ha!

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All Star Weekend 2018

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Car used by Lyft for AllStar Weekend – Photo credit: Jaden Coleman

Last year Jaden really wanted to go to #AllStarWeekend in #NOLA. It’s difficult to make that sort of thing happen with little to no planning. So instead, I planned to take him to #LA for his 16th birthday during #AllStarWeekend to participate in some of the festivities.

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Center Yourself So You Can Hear

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My nieces

When I was in Doha I was introduced to #mindfulness because of some personal struggles. Since that time I’ve made an effort to routinely #meditate and learn to be present. Not everyone can appreciate this and that’s okay. I’m just going to share with you a little of my experience.

There were four #Chakra songs that I meditated to in #Doha. I still have those songs on my playlist and when I meditate to them I literally go back to a calm place and when I’m done, I am centered. I can tell when I’ve slacked on the meditation because I literally feel off balance. Continue reading

My First New Year Resolution…ever!

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IMG_4233People asked me what are my new year resolutions. I’ve never made a new year resolution and had no plans to make any for 2018. However, I’ve had a pretty challenging 2017 as I’m sure many others have. Yes, I try my best to stay upbeat and positive when I blog so some may think I’m living this fabulous life. (Hmmm, I think I’ve blogged about that before.) Well, life is good as I always say when I sign off, yet life is challenging.

With the ups and downs of 2017 and the recent loss of individuals in my life and family, it brings to mind the saying about not waiting to tell people how you feel. That brings me to my 2018 New Year resolution. I’m going to tell the most important person in my life, my son Jaden, the ten things I love about him.

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Thanksgiving in Kansas City

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The family in Kansas City. BTW, Amir is throwing spider webs!

Jaden planned to come to #Houston for #Thanksgiving. He loves the idea of being with family and it would literally just be him and me. I asked him if he wanted to spend the holiday in #KansasCity with some of my #family. He didn’t hesitate to say yes to that suggestion. So we planned to meet in Kansas City, MO for Thanksgiving.

Jaden arrived several hours before me and was retrieved from the airport by my sister Jamica. They had a chance to hang out at her house with her kids, including my three little nephews. The new baby, Trey, was born just weeks before and I was so excited to see him. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I love cuddling the new babies. My nephew, Amir (4), likes to check up on me every now and then and will video chat with me. Sometimes he calls from such random places, like under his mother’s bed! Amir is also crazy about Jaden. I couldn’t wait for those two to get together!

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Family Birthday Fun

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IMG_4175It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I want to fill you in on my family’s visit for their birthday celebrations. It was my brother and sister-in-law’s first visit to #Houston and now that my sister, Tamona, has moved to #Dallas, I’ve lost count of the number of time’s she’s been down. It’s nice to have her so close!

My brother, Aaron, turned 50 November 14th and my sister, Tamona, had a birthday November 19th – I won’t tell you how old she is because she’d kill me. Anyway, they decided to come hang out in Houston to celebrate and we had a great time.

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New Member of A Growing Group

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IMG_4490When I don’t know what to do, I write.

For those who have followed my blog for a few years, you’ve been privied to my loves, likes, dislikes and even my quirks. I usually try to keep things light but the whole process has been therapeutic for me. However, tonight I write because I don’t know what else to do and I’m counting on this to be therapeutic.

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The Kid Has Come!

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IMG_4143After spending a few weeks in Oklahoma with his grandparents, Jaden made his way to Houston to spend some time with me. I’m always so excited to see my son. He’s such a fun kid and has an hilarious sense of humor. He stayed just shy of two weeks before he took a detour to tag along with me to San Diego. We had no idea what we were going to do while he was here in Houston so of course we decided to do touristy stuff!

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I’m Thankful

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IMG_4139I survived my first hurricane; kind of. Technically I missed #Harvey. I had a planned trip to visit my niece in San Diego the day the #hurricane hit. Jaden & I took an earlier flight and we landed in California Friday morning. Over the next several hours and days, we watched as the devastation unfolded in what I now call home: #Houston. I couldn’t begin to imagine what people were experiencing and the heart-breaking images brought tears to my eyes. Continue reading

Fun Times in Mexico

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My #international trips look a bit different since moving back to the US. With limited time off and everything so far away, I plan to get to know #Mexico and the #Caribbean much better. My last trip to #PlayadelCarmen was the early 2000s. It was one of my first cruises and we docked at a port and took a taxi to a beach in Playa del Carmen. For many years, it had been the best beach I’d experienced. The water was crystal clear, it was warm, and relaxing. Once I went to the #Maldives, the Playa del Carmen beach quickly moved down the list. I say all this to say, my expectations were pretty high for Playa del Carmen; not only because of past experience but because the resort reviews were stellar. Continue reading